The Artist’s Guide To Avoiding Normality

Everyday life, daily life or routine life comprises the ways in which people typically act, think, and feel on a daily basis. Everyday life may be described as mundane, routine, natural, habitual, or normal.

When a particular act is repeated every day just as the day before, without any change or creativity, it may turn into a mechanical act that leads to exhaustion.

This is called a monotonous life. In modern times, our lives are more likely to become a monotonous or tedious one. What can we do to avoid this from happening?

Working Title / Artist: Red-Figure Kylix / Department: Greek & Roman Art

“Art is actually a window,” says Aydin Aghdashlou in a talk at TEDxTUA. “ which is opened to meaning and beauty. Monotonous comes when this window is closed.”

There are many articles written by different people about how to kill monotony. They suggest a change in our routines, for example, meeting different people, changing the way to work, changing eating schedule, working somewhere different or leaving the TV off. some may suggest traveling or dedicating time to a hobby. However, as an artist, It is always more useful to learn from other artists’ experiences.

“ If everyone passes their life experiences to others,“ says Aghdashloo. “It may come handy in someone’s life somehow, even just a little bit.”

“I have never been stuck in routines,” he says. “ because I put something else in front of monotony, like a mirror.”


What can change our monotonous lives? “creation,” he says.” however, sometimes artists are experiencing a block. They are not inspired for a period of time.” The painter can’t paint, the writer can’t write. But it is ok. It will pass.What can we do during these times to avoid Monotony?”

To learn more, watch Aghdashloo’s entire talk below:

TEDxTUA – The Artist’s Guide To Avoiding Normality

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